Enacting disruption: how entrepreneurial ventures innovate value propositions to increase the attractiveness of their technologies

Jerome L. Antonio, Alexander Lennart Schmidt, Dominik K. Kanbach, Natanya Meyer

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Abstract

Purpose: Entrepreneurial ventures aspiring to disrupt existing market incumbents often use business-model innovation to increase the attractiveness of their offerings. A value proposition is the central element of a business model, and is critical for this purpose. However, how entrepreneurial ventures modify their value propositions to increase the attractiveness of their comparatively inferior offerings is not well understood. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the value proposition innovation (VPI) of aspiring disruptors. Design/methodology/approach: The authors used a flexible pattern matching approach to ground the inductive findings in extant theory. The authors conducted 21 semi-structured interviews with managers from startups in the global electric vehicle industry. Findings: The authors developed a framework, showing two factors, determinants and tactics, that play a key role in VPI connected by a continuous feedback loop. Directed by the determinants of cognitive antecedents, development drivers and realization capabilities, aspiring disruptors determine the scope, focus and priorities of various configuration and support tactics to enable and secure the success of their value proposition. Originality/value: The authors contribute to theory by showing how cognitive antecedents, development drivers and capabilities determine VPI tactics to disrupt existing market incumbents, furthering the understanding of configuration tactics. The results have important implications for disruptive innovation theory, and entrepreneurship research and practice, as they offer an explanatory framework to analyze strategies of aspiring disruptors who increase the attractiveness of sustainable technologies, thereby accelerating their diffusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-915
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • Business-model innovation
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Electric vehicles
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Value proposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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